8.30am to 6pm, Wednesday 17 June 2020
Bletchley Park was once one of Britain's most secret establishments, a place of great historical importance that not only changed the length of WW2 but also sowed the seeds of modern electronic computing.
The wartime home of the Government Code and Cypher School, the forerunner of GCHQ, Bletchley Park was the workplace of some of the best mathematical and logical brains of the time including Alan Turing, the collective achievements of whom are estimated to have shortened the war by two years. The once derelict Codebreaking Building, Block C is now a visitor centre newly opened in 2014 by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and offers a welcoming entry into Bletchley Park with a coffee shop, gift shop and an engaging multimedia, interactive introductory exhibition.
Much of the large site has been restored to how it would have been during the war and most of the buildings are the originals where people worked at deciphering German coded messages. It is said that this was done so quickly and effectively that Churchill is reputed to have seen some messages before Hitler. Most of these huts are open to visitors and a real atmosphere of the time can be felt on entering. Huts 11A and 11 house the recreated Bombe machines that were used to assist in breaking the coded messages sent between the Enigma machines. Demonstrations of these machines take place several times during the day.
There are several food outlets on the site including the Visitor Centre, Hut 4 and the Mansion. Outside there are picnic areas and a children’s play area. Wheelchairs are available on site if required and there is assistance where lifts are installed. The necessary escort to a disabled visitor will be given free entry, the disabled person being charged normal admission. Guide dogs permitted.
Our coach will leave the Tesco Serpentine Green Car Park at 8.30am and we plan to be home by around 6pm.
We hope to see you there.
Boundless members £28-50
The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB